Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Reference - 272 pages
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"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our  family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"


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Fantastic insights and advice on the writing life. - Goodreads
The most self-absorbed writing book I've ever read. - Goodreads
Funny, informative, useful, educational. - Goodreads
Easy to read but very beneficial and interesting. - Goodreads
Reading instructions is not compelling after a while. - Goodreads
Great reference book. - Goodreads

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I loved this book, especially in the beginning. It has given me a whole new perspective on writing as well as encouraged me to finally take it seriously. Don't say it--but do it. Read full review

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User Review  - Christine Hayton - Goodreads

The author made some very good points in this book especially about emotion and being able to use them and imagination in writing. However, I was disappointed overall - the book just didn't live up to ... Read full review

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Contents

WRITING 1
16
FITS TWO Yul ITlIG FRAMI Q ND Looking Around 97 The Moral Point of View
103
Radio Station KFKD 116 jealousy
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PIP TIIPOII NIL AIQNG 1 KY
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Writers Block
176
Writing a Present 185 Finding Your Voice
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Publication
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About the author (2007)

Anne Lamott lives with her son, Sam, in northern California. She is the author of five books, including the novels Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, and All New People. Her last book, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year, was published by Pantheon in 1993.


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